French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars Land-Based Novels

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CM Steven Hars

French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars Land-Based Novels

Post by CM Steven Hars » Thu May 28, 2009 2:02 pm

This topic was raised to see how many Napoleonic based novels we, 1/95th and 2/44th, could collectively come up with in an endeavour to create a definitive book list.

The only criteria is that the books must be primarily French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, land based; the naval books are legion and may well warrant another topic.

I've kept in Sharpe's Trafalgar purely to complete Bernard Cornwell's books but I've left out 'The Secret War' by M.F.W Curran as I'm not sure it's relevent.

So the 'definitive' list [but I'd be happy to find more] is, showing the authors alphabetically:
K.M. Campbell:
Winter of the Eagle

Atalanta Clifford:
An officer of Dragoons: The story of Matthew Tremaine in the light cavalry.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:
The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard
The Adventures of Brigadier Gerard: The adventures of a French Hussar officer

Bernard Cornwell:
Sharpe's Tiger: Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Seringapatam, 1799
Sharpe's Triumph: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Assaye, September 1803
Sharpe's Fortress: Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803
Sharpe's Trafalgar: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Trafalgar, October 1805
Sharpe's Prey: Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Copenhagen 1807
Sharpe's Rifles: Richard Sharpe and the Invasion of Galicia, January 1809
Sharpe's Havoc: Richard Sharpe is back in the Peninsular - in 1809 in Oporto, Portugal
Sharpe's Eagle: Richard Sharpe and the Talavera Campaign, July 1809
Sharpe's Gold: Richard Sharpe and the Destruction of Almeida, August 1810
Sharpe's Escape: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Busaco, 1810
Sharpe's Fury: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Barossa, March 1811
Sharpe's Battle: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro, May 1811
Sharpe's Company: Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812
Sharpe's Sword: Richard Sharpe and the Salamanca Campaign, June and July 1812
Sharpe's Skirmish: Richard Sharpe and the defence of the Tormes, August 1812
Sharpe's Enemy: Richard Sharpe and the Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812
Sharpe's Honour: Richard Sharpe and the Vitoria Campaign, February to June 1813
Sharpe's Regiment: Richard Sharpe and the Invasion of France, June to November, 1813
Sharpe's Christmas: Sharpe's Christmas is set in 1813, towards the end of the Peninsular War
Sharpe's Siege: Richard Sharpe and the Winter Campaign, 1814
Sharpe's Revenge: Richard Sharpe and the Peace of 1814
Sharpe's Waterloo: Richard Sharpe and the Waterloo Campaign, 15 June to 18 June 1815
Sharpe's Devil: Richard Sharpe and the Emperor, 1820-21 (not strictly Napoleonic but they do visit Napoleon on St. Helena so I guess it's Napoleonicish)

R.F. Delderfield:
Seven Men from Gascony: Charting the lives (and deaths) of seven French conscripts
Too Few for Drums: A rites of passage of a young ensign in the 51st after Busaco (my favourite)

Alexandre Dumas:
The Last Cavalier

CS Forester:
The Gun: Spanish Guerilla adventure during the Peninsula War (this got me hooked on our period)
Death to the French: The adventures of Rfm Dodd in the Peninsula

Ian Gale:
Four Days in June - Waterloo campaign

G A Henty:
Under Wellington's Command, A Tale of the Peninsular War
One of the 28th, A Tale of Waterloo
With Moore at Corunna
The Young Buglers: Peninsula War
At Aboukir and Acre: Egypt with Abercromby
No Surrender: A tale of the rising in the Vendee
Through Russian Snows' set in 1812.

Georgette Heyer:
An Infamous Army: Romance set during the Waterloo campaign, brilliant battle description
The Spanish Bride; A fictionalised account of Harry Smith and his (very)

Richard Howard:
Bonaparte's Sons - Italian Campaign
Bonaparte's Invaders - Egyptian Campaign
Bonaparte's Conquerors - Marengo, 1800
Bonaparte's Warriors - Austerlitz, 1805
Bonaparte's Avengers - Prussian Campaign, 1806
Bonaparte's Horsemen - Eylau, 1807

Victor Hugo:
Les Miserables: Although set during a later French Revolution (how many do they need?) the flashback chapters on Valjeans exploits at Waterloo are superb.

Jennifer Lindsay:
The Lady Soldier - Spain 1812

Gerald Lowthin:
The Eagle: Centres around the Royal Dragoons capture of the eagle at Waterloo

Alan Mallinson:
A Close Run Thing - Waterloo
Rumours of War - Corunna 1808/9
An Act of Courage - Badajoz 1812

James McGee:
Ratcatcher
Resurrectionist
Rapscallion
Rebellion (release later 2010)


Baroness Orczy:
The Scarlet Pimpernell

Patrick Rambaud
The Battle, The Stand and The Retreat. The first is about the battle of Aspern-Essling and starts in Vienna 1809.

Simon Scarrow:
Young Bloods - up to 1795
The Generals - 1795-1804
Fire and Sword - 1804-1809
Fields of Blood - 1810-1815

William Makepeace Thackery:
Vanity Fair

Tolstoy:
War and Peace: The ultimate Napoleonic classic

Dennis Wheatley:
The Launching of Roger Brook (1947)
The Shadow Of The Tyburn Tree (1948)
The Rising Storm (1949)
The Man Who Killed The King (1951)
The Dark Secret of Josephine (1955)
The Rape of Venice (1959)
The Sultan's Daughter (1963)
The Wanton Princess (1966)
Evil in a Mask (1969)
The Ravishing of Lady Mary Ware (1971)
The Irish Witch (1973)
Desperate Measures (1974): This series is about the adventures of Roger Brook who becomes an agent for Pitt
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